Gavin Calnan is the Head of Computing at Bentley Wood High School in Harrow. He is also an ‘Innovative Leader of Teaching and Learning’ which was a role that was created for a number of staff to help support the SEN department. Each Innovative Leader has different responsibilities and Gavin’s is to research how technology can help those with visual impairments.
Tablets have become very popular in schools over the past few years mostly due to their multi-functionality, such as the ability to have a camera and the internet on the same device, among many other things. Apps have also played a big part in their popularity and there have been a lot of apps that help lessons be more engaging. As well as using iPads to make the classroom more interactive, they have also been used to help SEN students. One area that I have been focussing on in particular is how tablet technology can help students who are visually-impaired.